Manifold mercies¹. Blessings poured out.
Towards the end of Nehemiah, where the people of Israel are desiring to turn again to the LORD and walk in His ways, I came across a beautiful, enriching passage. The rulers are instructing the people to:
Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. [ Neh. 9:6-7]
They review the miraculous history of their people–a people God chose for Himself beginning with Abraham. He looked on their affliction in Egypt, did signs and wonders, carried them through plagues. Once they were released from bondage, He parted the Red Sea to let them cross on dry ground. They walked in His ways for a time, rebelled, were taken into captivity as consequence, cried out to the living God, and He heard them from heaven. He delivered them. They began walking in His ways afresh with a fresh store of mercy and blessings. This process came full circle more than once.
And through it all?
God proved Himself to be:
Abounding in mercy–manifold mercies.
He revealed the depths of His lovingkindness.
He let them be eat and be filled and satisfied with His great goodness. To the point that Nehemiah says, they literally:
“…delighted themselves in Thy great goodness.” [9:25]
And that is my desire too.
That the heights and depths of my delight will be anchored solely in the great goodness of God.
That the blessings He showers upon my head, filling my cup to overflowing will not be treated with carelessness or ingratitude.
That I will set-apart the best portion of my time to remember His ways, His character, His acts of manifold mercy towards me.
Because the truth is? I cannot go through this life–you cannot go through this life–without rejoicing in who God is. It instantly crowds out our finite weakness and fills our souls with infinite strength…
“…for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” [Neh. 8:10b]